C&C Group makes Gaymers and Addlestones at Shepton Mallet

C&C Group makes Gaymers and Addlestones at Shepton Mallet

C&C Group has said it hopes “common sense will prevail” as it battles to to halt a potential strike at one of its UK cider mills.

Workers at the Shepton Mallet site, in Somerset, England, which produces Gaymers and Addlestones, are holding a ballot on industrial action later this month in a dispute over pay. Employee union Unite said last week production staff had been denied a 3% pay rise given to office workers. 

However, in a statement to just-drinks, C&C Group said a Unite representative has “misrepresented the facts in a number of key areas”. The company has requested a meeting with the union to discuss the representative's involvement in the dispute. 

“Regrettably, we have been unable to reach agreement with the Unite union over pay, despite the company making an industry-beating offer to our workforce," C&C Group said. "We sincerely hope that common sense will prevail and such unnecessary and potentially damaging action will be rejected,” .

The cider maker said there is “no immediate threat” to the supply of Gaymers and Addlestones. Last year the site received a GBP1m (US$1.6m) upgrade